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LGBTQ Organizations Unite to Combat Racial Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Those words, written over 30 years ago by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, remind us that indifference can never bridge the divide of hate. And, today, they should serve as a call to action to all of us, and […]

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NCLR to Honor SF 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach Katie Sowers, Comedian Gina Yashere with Awards at 2020 Anniversary Virtual Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 24, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The National Center of Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today announced that they will be honoring San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach Katie Sowers with their Trailblazer Award, presented by pro-athlete and transgender activist Chris Mosier, at the NCLR 2020 Anniversary Virtual Celebration on Saturday, May 30 at 6 pm (PST). Also […]

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BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Idaho’s Request to Delay Transgender Inmate’s Medically Necessary Surgery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 21, 2020 BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Idaho’s Request to Delay Transgender Inmate’s Medically Necessary Surgery WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an attempt by the State of Idaho to delay Adree Edmo’s medically necessary gender confirmation surgery as that Court considers whether to review her case. Ms. Edmo, a transgender prisoner, sued […]

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Dee Farmer, the First Transgender Plaintiff in a Supreme Court Case, Mourns the Passing of Aimee Stephens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 15, 2020 Dee Farmer, the First Transgender Plaintiff in a Supreme Court Case, Mourns the Passing of Aimee Stephens BALTIMORE, MD – Dee Farmer, the first transgender plaintiff to bring a case before the United States Supreme Court, issued the following statement in response to the death of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman whose […]

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NCLR Mourns the Passing of Transgender Trailblazer Aimee Stephens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 12, 2020 NCLR Mourns the Passing of Transgender Trailblazer Aimee Stephens  DETROIT, MI – The National Center for Lesbian Rights mourns the loss of Aimee Stephens, who passed today at the age of 59, before the U.S. Supreme Court could issue a decision in Stephens v. Harris Funeral Homes, the landmark civil rights case brought […]

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Born Perfect Congratulates German Parliament for Passing Law to End Harmful Practice of Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 7, 2020 Born Perfect Congratulates German Parliament for Passing Law to End Harmful Practice of Conversion Therapy New legislation is just second of its kind in the European Union and makes Germany the most prominent nation in the world to address this issue BERLIN, GERMANY — Today, the German Bundestag passed legislation that would […]

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NCLR Denounces U.S. Department of Education Title IX Rule That Makes Schools Less Safe for LGBTQ Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 6, 2020 NCLR Denounces U.S. Department of Education Title IX Rule That Makes Schools Less Safe for LGBTQ Students  “This rule turns the promise of Title IX on its head and will make schools less safe, particularly for LGBTQ students, who experience higher levels of harassment and assault than do other students.” […]

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GLAD and NCLR Statement on the One Year Anniversary of Trump’s Transgender Military Ban  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 11, 2020 GLAD and NCLR Statement on the One Year Anniversary of Trump’s Transgender Military Ban WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Defense began enforcing the transgender military ban proposed by President Trump one year ago tomorrow, on April 12, 2019. Five legal cases challenging the policy are currently pending in the federal […]

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Born Perfect Applauds City of Tallahassee for Passing Groundbreaking Ordinance to End Conversion Therapy

Unanimous vote by Tallahassee City Council ensures that LGBTQ youth and vulnerable adults in Florida capital will be protected from this harmful practice  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 10, 2020 TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Thursday, the Tallahassee City Council unanimously passed the state’s most inclusive ordinance to protect minors and vulnerable adults from conversion therapy – the […]

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NCLR Mourns Loss of Civil Rights and LGBTQ Icon Phyllis Lyon, 95

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 9, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights mourns the loss of a beloved friend and LGBTQ civil rights icon. Phyllis Lyon, 95, passed away peacefully from natural causes at her home in San Francisco. Lyon, along with her wife Del Martin, was one of the nation’s first and […]

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NCLR Applauds Passage of Historic New York Law Modernizing Surrogacy and Assisted Reproduction Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 2, 2020 Advocacy work by Protecting Modern Families Coalition ensured that language modernizing New York law was included in final budget that would allow LGBTQ individuals to use reproductive technology to build loving families ALBANY, NY – National Center for Lesbian Rights applauds the New York Legislature for passing the 2021 state budget bill, which includes […]

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VICTORY: South Carolina Court Strikes Outdated Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law as Unconstitutional

VICTORY: South Carolina Court Strikes Outdated Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law as Unconstitutional CHARLESTON, SC – Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina entered a consent decree that declares South Carolina’s 1988 discriminatory anti-LGBTQ curriculum law unconstitutional and bars its enforcement. The court’s decree comes two weeks after a federal lawsuit was filed […]

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Canadian Introduction of Nationwide Conversion Therapy Ban is Part of a Growing Global Movement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2020 Contact: Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director cvasquez@nclrights.org / (415) 365-1337 Canadian Introduction of Nationwide Conversion Therapy Ban is Part of a Growing Global Movement OTTAWA, CA — Today, Canadian Minister of Justice David Lametti and Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger introduced legislation that would ban […]

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Virginia Becomes 20th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

With Governor’s signature, VA becomes the first Southern state to end the harmful practice RICHMOND, VA — Yesterday Governor Ralph Northam signed a historic bill making Virginia the twentieth state to protect LGBTQ minors from conversion therapy, the harmful practice which seeks to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill, which […]

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Parties Settle Landmark Lawsuit by Transgender Employee Who Was Unlawfully Denied Medically Necessary Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2020 CONTACTS: Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director 415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org Parties Settle Landmark Lawsuit by Transgender Employee Who Was Unlawfully Denied Medically Necessary Care PORTLAND, OR – Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, along with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Meyer Stephenson, announced a settlement on behalf of Christina […]

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LGBTQ Advocates and South Carolina Youth File Lawsuit Challenging State’s Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2020 CONTACTS: Adam Polaski, Campaign for Southern Equality Communications Director 610.306.7956 | adam@southernequality.org Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director 415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org Tom Warnke | Lambda Legal Media Relations Director 213.841.4503 | twarnke@lambdalegal.org LGBTQ Advocates and South Carolina Youth File Lawsuit Challenging State’s Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law CHARLESTON, SC – Today the […]

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District Court Holds Public University Professor Does Not Have a Constitutional Right to Discriminate Against Transgender Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2020 Contacts: Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director CVasquez@nclrights.org / (415) 365-1337 District Court Holds Public University Professor Does Not Have a Constitutional Right to Discriminate Against Transgender Students CINCINNATI, OH — Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott dismissed a federal lawsuit filed by Professor Nicholas Meriwether against Shawnee State […]

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